CUTF 3: Final Reflections

Hi Everyone, Although I have been involved in teaching in the past, the CUTF has offered me a unique role in the classroom this fall. The greatest difference from my past experience is that I have been able to reach a larger  number of students. I have gone from helping a small number of students…

The TA Becomes the Teacher (for one day)

This semester spent as an undergraduate Teaching Assistant through the CUTF has been an incredible learning experience. In fact, everything I have been learning came together when I was responsible for teaching a full class period (75 minutes) completely on my own. To say I was nervous was an understatement. While I have gotten to…

No Worries in Nicosia

Flying into Cyprus, I was alone. No other Pitt student selected to study in Nicosia, and passport control even told me I was the only American on the flight when I arrived. Honestly, it was a little frightening. I had never traveled out of the country alone, and I thought I may have been dropped…

The CUTF: A Transformative Journey

Hello everyone! As my journey with the CUTF comes to an end, I have reflected intensively on how the fellowship has allowed me to grow professionally and develop my teaching skills. However above all, the CUTF has taught me the importance of a flexible and open mindset. Teaching is a skill that requires utmost patience….

CUTF: Reflections and Resolutions

When I first began teaching through the fellowship, I thought that the most important tactic was to consistently review my teaching plans prior to my tutoring sessions. The fear was that, if I didn’t review enough, I would forget what I “needed” to do in order for them to succeed. Though it’s true that preparation…

The Challenges of being a Study Abroad Girlie

Hello again! It is hard to believe that my semester is starting to wind down, and this is one of my final blog posts. Today, I wanted to go over some of the challenges I have experienced so far when abroad because while it is always fun to tell all of the great stories of…

The “Savoir-Vivres” of Brussels

In one of my first French classes at Université Libre de Bruxelles, we had a lively discussion about the “savoir-vivres” of Belgian life, and I, as a freshly-arrived and still moderately-slow French speaker, tried as hard as I could to keep up with the language while also really taking note of the “savoir-vivres” we were…

Lovely Nicosia

One of the most daunting parts of studying abroad is the fear of not settling in. Everything is a little different: the food, language, and pace of life. However, I am so thankful that I have easily transitioned to seeing Cyprus as my home. The University of Nicosia is located in Nicosia, Cyprus. Nicosia or…

Finding Familiarity

Here in Korea I live in the dorms for international and exchange students at Korea University. Our dorms quite literally are on the top of a mountain and even in the few weeks I have been here my calves have gotten so strong. As a Sutherland Hall veteran, I have to say this hill puts…